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Leaving Turkey and Moving On

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When leaving Turkey and moving on, there are a number of tasks to be completed before departure.

Local Authorities

If leaving the country permanently, holders of a Turkish ID number must inform the local district registration office of their departure in order to cancel this number.

Financial Issues

Tax

Foreigners who pay tax in Turkey must pay all due taxes, for example property taxes and any outstanding income tax before leaving the country. It is possible to obtain a "No Tax Liability" document from the Revenue Administration's website. Individuals who leave Turkey permanently must submit their tax return 15 days before they leave.

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Bank accounts

Banks should be notified of the move as soon as possible. It is advisable to keep the bank account open for a short period of time after the move to cover any outstanding debits. However, there may be additional service charges if the customer is no longer resident in the country; check with the relevant bank.

Insurance

All Turkish insurance policies, including home and car insurance, should be cancelled by contacting the provider. In most cases written notice is required. The amount of notice required depends on the contract and the reasons for terminating the contract.

Car insurance companies may be able to provide proof of any accumulated no claims bonus, which can be used when insuring a vehicle in the new country.

Post and Mail Forwarding

There are no mail forwarding services available from PTT when moving house in Turkey.

Rental Accommodation

There is no set period for a long-term lease agreement and the term may be decided by the tenant and landlord. However, long-term rental contracts are usually signed for a one-year period; this is automatically renewed if neither the landlord nor the tenant gives notice. The tenant may terminate the lease by giving notice 15 days before the end of the lease term. If terminating a lease before the end of its term tenants should give two months' notice.

Notice can be given by telephone to the landlord or, if renting through an agency, by contacting the agency. Written notice is not mandatory, but is advisable. If there are no problems when leaving the property, tenants can expect to retrieve their deposit within a week.

Utilities

Electricity 

Disconnection of the electricity supply is done in person at the electricity supplier's office. Provide the customer number and the latest meter reading. It is advisable to contact the office at least three days before leaving the property.

Water

Water is supplied by ASAT in Antalya. To disconnect the water supply, go to ASAT's office and provide proof of identity and the date that the water is to be disconnected or transferred to another name. It is advisable to contact the office at least three days before leaving the property. In general, there is a deposit that is paid back when cancelling the contract. The customer needs to present the receipt (makbuz) in order to be reimbursed.

Telephone

Türk Telekom is the national supplier of landline telephone, Internet, ADSL and wireless connection.

To cancel a telephone contract, customers should give at least three days' notice. There is a fee for disconnecting the service, which is added to the final bill.

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